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If the anterior fontanelle can be palpated well beyond age 2, the causes of decelerated maturation must be considered (e.g. malnutrition).

Premature fusion of a cranial suture is called craniosynostosis.
1. premature fusion of the metopic suture produces trigonocephaly
2. premature fusion of the sagittal suture produces scaphocephaly
3. premature fusion of the coronal suture produces brachycephaly
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